Dealers are the biggest source of pirated software, according to UK figures compiled by the Business Software Alliance.
Eighty per cent of all calls to the BSA anti-piracy hotline were dodgy dealer tip-offs, compared with 40 per cent in 1995.
Clare O?Brien, director of marketing for BSA Europe, said: ?Either it?s getting more common among resellers, or more people are reporting it.?
BSA last week celebrated its first birthday in the UK. More than 800 people called the BSA?s UK hotline in the first nine months of operation, resulting to 200 leads on software theft.
Martin Smith, Novell licensing manager and BSA member, estimates the company loses $300 million a year to fake software in Europe, of which 80 per cent is attributable to dealers.
The BSA aims to prevent piracy by raising awareness among end-users, he said.
?Most end-users go out with the intention of buying legitimate software.?
Smith admitted that shrinking margins were the reason behind most reseller piracy, but he denied that software publishers charge too much: ?It?s purely down to market forces,? he said.
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